How to Change Your YouTube Profile Picture

So you can look your very best

A screenshot of YouTube's icon on an Apple TV

Chris McGrath

Your YouTube profile picture is often the first thing other YouTubers experience of your account and channel, so it's important that it's as eye-catching and as effective as possible. Accordingly, this guide explains how to change your profile picture, covering how to make the change on desktop and laptop computers, and also on smartphones.

Change Your Profile Picture on YouTube in a Browser

Example of a YouTube profile picture

Your YouTube profile picture comes from your Google+ profile. You can, therefore, change it in one of two ways: by logging into YouTube and changing it from there, or by going directly to your Google+ account.

For desktop and laptop users (Windows and Mac), here's how to change it via YouTube:

  1. Go to youtube.com in a computer's browser.

  2. Click your YouTube profile picture, in the top-right corner of the screen.

  3. Click My channel.

  4. Click your profile picture.

  5. Click EDIT.

  6. Pick the image you'd like to use as your profile picture, or select Upload photo to choose a photo saved to your computer.

This changes your YouTube profile picture, which is also your Google+ picture. However, you should bear in mind that it may take anything from several minutes to several hours for the change to register across all relevant accounts (e.g. it's also your picture for Gmail and Google Hangouts).

One thing some users might notice is that, even after changing their Google profile picture like this, their YouTube profile picture might stubbornly remain the same. While this issue doesn't actually affect anyone else who comes across your YouTube profile, it can be frustrating to keep seeing your old picture when you log back into the video-sharing site. Fortunately, you can solve this issue by clearing your browser's cache.

How to Change Your YouTube Profile Picture Using Google+

Example of a Google+ profile picture

Alternatively, you can head straight to your Google+ account and change your YouTube My Channel picture directly. Here's how to do it:

  1. Go to plus.google.com.

  2. Click Profile (from the menu running down the left-hand side of the screen).

  3. Click EDIT PROFILE.

  4. Click your profile picture.

  5. Pick the image you'd like to use as your profile picture, or select Upload photo to choose a photo saved to your computer.

This will change your Google+ profile picture, and by extension, it will also change your YouTube My Channel image.

How to Change Your YouTube Profile Picture Using a Smartphone or Tablet

Screenshot of a YouTube profile picture being changed via the YouTube mobile app

Assuming that you don't have a desktop or laptop computer readily to hand, you can change your YouTube profile picture using your smartphone or tablet. Regardless of whether you use iOS or Android, here's what you do if you have the YouTube app downloaded on your device:

  1. Open the YouTube app.

  2. Sign in to your YouTube account.

  3. Tap your profile picture in the top-right corner of the page.

  4. Tap My channel.

  5. Tap the Settings cogwheel icon.

  6. Tap your profile picture.

  7. Tap either Take a photo or Choose from your photos.

  8. Either take a photo or pick a photo saved to your device and then tap Use Photo.

You should then see a message at the bottom of the screen, which reads, "Profile photo updated successfully."